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Lent: A time to reflect

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Saint Pauls youth group, SPY, stand together in as a unite front in Washington D.C. The group gathers many times a year to volunteer and help the community in ways like the thirty-hour famine.

Saint Pauls youth group, SPY, stand together in as a unite front in Washington D.C. The group gathers many times a year to volunteer and help the community in ways like the thirty-hour famine.

Saint Pauls youth group, SPY, stand together in as a unite front in Washington D.C. The group gathers many times a year to volunteer and help the community in ways like the thirty-hour famine.

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795 million people across the world are starving, and one third of food is wasted in todays world. Every day people work to solve this issue through volunteering and donating, throughout the community take part in this through the 3o-hour famine in different churches across the triad.

The 30-hour famine is a nationally honored event that takes place each year during lent, the six weeks of repentance that lead up to Easter day. Hundreds of thousands of students gather across the nation to fast for 30 hours, during the fast students partake in many different challenging activities and lessons about world hunger and the refugee crisis, in hopes students develop a better understand of the worlds current realities. Through this experience churches challenge youth groups to raise money for countries in need and to grow closer to god through the process.

“[It’s important to take part] because it teaches students about world hunger and [gives] us the opportunity to raise money” sophomore Ashlyn Plott said.

The forty days of lent begin on Ash Wed. Ash Wed. originated from, the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. Lent is mainly observed by Catholics, but many other types of Christians observe the period as well.   The tradition is to wear ashes on ones’ head to be reminded that god had created them. Ashes are representative of guilt to remind Christians of their sins and wrong doing. The ashes are the blessed burned palms from the previous years palm Sundays mass.

Lent is a time for Christians to reflect on their sins and pray for penance. Traditionally people give up an item they desire like food, social media or bad habits. This is to represent Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for all humans and his withdraw into the desert for forty days.

“Staying true to what you give up, praying and reflecting on the past year are the most important parts of lent” Plott said.

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